Get the Groceries You Need, But Don’t Panic Buy

Get the Groceries You Need, But Don’t Panic Buy

Many factors affect the food supply. Some of these include reduced manufacturing and natural disasters such as flooding, wildfires and earthquakes. If a natural disaster impacts roads and railways, food may be delayed in reaching some parts of British Columbia. Your awareness as you make food purchases will help others across the province. Buying far more than you need can result in other families not getting enough.

How much to buy

Be patient and only buy what you need, whether it's gas, groceries, infant formula or other items.

  • Don't buy a month's supply of things
  • Hoarding will cause a shortage where one doesn't exist
  • There's enough food and other goods if you only buy what you need

People living in rural and remote communities who are not able to shop regularly may need to buy more to make sure they have enough food to last until their next shopping trip. If this is your situation and there are store limits on certain items, talk to the store manager before filling your cart.

Stocking your pantry

Adding a few extra canned or packaged items each time you shop can be a helpful way to fill your cupboards over time. This is easier on the supply chain than stockpiling food all at once and helps make sure that others can get what they need as well. Foods that may be helpful to include are:

  • Grains, like rice pasta, quinoa and oats
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Protein sources such as canned or dried beans and lentils, canned fish and nut butters Pre-packaged soups, pasta sauces, chili and other ready-to-eat meals
  • Pet food (if applicable)

Last updated: June 2023